American Legion - Dale Peace Post 40


American Legion History

A group of twenty officers who served in the American Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F) in France in World War 1 is credited with planning the Legion. A.E.F. Headquarters asked these officers to suggest ideas on how to improve troop morale. One officer, Lt. Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. proposed an organization of veterans. In February 1919, this group formed a temporary committee and selected several hundred officers who had the confidence and respect of the whole army.

When the first organization meeting took place in Paris in March 1919, about 1000 officers and enlisted men attended. The meeting, known as the Paris Caucus, adopted a temporary constitution and the name The American Legion. It also elected an executive committee to complete the organization's work. It considered every soldier of the A.E.F. a member of the Legion. The executive committee named a subcommittee to organize veterans at home in the U.S.

The Legion held a second organizing caucus in St. Louis, MO in May, 1919. It completed the constitution and made plans for a permanent organization. It set up temporary headquarters in New York City, and began its relief, employment, and Americanism programs.

Congress granted the Legion a national Charter in September 1919. The first National Convention, held in Minneapolis, adopted a permanent constitution and elected officers to head the organization.


The following is from the Vinita newspaper dated Sept. 18, 1919


At South Park, Wednesday morning 67 former soldiers, sailors and marines of the world's war, organized a post of the American Legion which will be known as Dale Peace post in honor of Dale Peace who gave his life on the battlefields of France.

The following officers were chosen:

Jesse Ballard Post Commander

Dave Waters Vice Post Commander

Dr. W.R. Marks Post Adjutant

Dr. F. L. Hughson Financial Commander

Albert Clinkscales Post Historian

Bernie Cole Post Chaplain


There will be another meeting of the post Monday night and every former soldier, sailor and Marine is urged to be present.

The two principal officers of the Dale Peace Post of the American Legion, are soldiers who entered the service as privates. The Commander, Jesse Ballard, gave up a government place to enter the service as a private, but he afterwards, upon his own merits, was commissioned Captain. The second officer, Dave Waters, was the first draft soldier to leave Craig county. Now if these posts of the American Legion do not become the tools of the politicians, there is no reason why they can't be of mutual benefit to the returned soldiers, sailors and marines

Note: Veterans of the Air Force and Coast Guard were included as each branch was established.




National programs

Veterans, families, children


State programs

Boys State

Girls State


Legion baseball


Rifle teams


Local programs



Family assistance

Veterans assistance


Grave markers

Legion baseball

Boys State


Girls State

Essay contest Poppies

Sons of the American Legion


AMERICAN LEGION AUXILLARY UNIT #40 Mission, Vision, and Purpose of the Auxiliary Mission

In the spirit of service not self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and country we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security



The vision of The American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion while becoming the premier service organization and foundation of every community providing support for our veterans, our military, and their families by shaping a positive future i an atmosphere of fellowship, patriotism, peace and security.



In fulfillment of our Mission we adhere to the following purposes:


  • To support and advocate for veterans, active military and their families.
  • To support the initiatives and programs of the American Legion.
    to foster patriotism and responsible citizenship.
  • To award scholarships and promote quality education and literacy.
  • To provide educational and leadership opportunities that uphold the ideals of freedom and democracy and encourage good citizenship and participation in government.
  • To increase our capacity to deliver our Mission by providing meaningful volunteer opportunities within our communities.
  • To empower our membership to achieve personal fulfillment through "service not self".



Founded in 1919, The American legion Auxiliary has nearly 1 million members from all walks of life. The Auxiliary administers hundreds of volunteer programs, gives tens of thousands of hours to its communities and to veterans, and raises millions of dollars to support its own programs, as well as other worthwhile charities familiar to Americans. It is all accomplished with volunteers.


While originally organized to assist The American Legion, the Auxiliary has achieved its own unique identity while working side-by-side with the veterans who belong to The American Legion. Like the Legion, the Auxiliary's interests have broadened to encompass the entire community.


The American Legion Auxiliary is the world's largest women's patriotic service organization. Through its nearly 10,500 units located in every state and some foreign countries, the Auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace. Along with The American Legion, it solidly stands behind America and her ideals.


For many years the dedicated hardworking members of The American legion Auxiliary Unit #40 of Vinita have been able to give back to the community from the sales of our Rodeo Souvenir Program. In the past year we have been able to sponsor/contribute to the following projects:


Sponsored four girls to go to Oklahoma Girls State, provided our $1,000 yearly scholarship to a High School senior from a Veteran family, sponsored the Americanism Essay Contest for students in Craig County Schools with cash prizes for 1st thru 3"' place ,contributed to the Rodeo Queen and Princess Contest and was a Rodeo Event Sponsor, gave to the American Red Cross, the" Make a Wish Foundation", and the "Chicks and Chaps" Cancer outreach program. Continued to provide for the "Children's Reading Corner" at the local Veterans Medical clinic in Vinita and our annual Christmas gifts for Craig County Veterans who are in Boarding homes, and Nursing Care facilities. In addition to monetary contributions there are countless hours of volunteer work performed by the members of the Unit 40 Auxiliary.


We would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU VETERANS FOR YOUR SERVICE, and to the community for their support thru the years.